Friday, January 22, 2010

citizens united vs. federal election commision






This ruling, quite simply, is madness. It's bad enough that corporations were long ago made into legal persons under the law, but allowing them unprecedented monetary control over elections via the bankrolling of any candidate of their choosing; well, it's likely to be catastrophic. And to think that many people are considering this a victory for free speech!

Who knows. Maybe nothing will change. Maybe this will lift the veil on what has already been going on in this country for decades behind the curtain. Maybe. Hopefully. But this seems destined to drastically change the face of American politics (unless it's curtailed), forever rendering the broken engine of our machine completely unrepairable (maybe it already was). Or worse: it could officially replace our "old-fashioned" rusty machine with a brand new, shiny, completely different kind of machine!

The questions concerning me at the moment are 1.) whether or not the changes are going to be drastic. 2.) if they're going to be obvious. (After all, I am already convinced that America is, for the most part, a corporate dictatorship.)

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Tempus est optimus iudex

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." --Frederick Douglas

"The lesson of the Holocaust is the facility with which most people, put into a situation that does not contain a good choice, or renders such a good choice very costly, argue themselves away from the issue of moral duty (or fail to argue themselves towards it), adopting instead the precepts of rational interest and self-preservation. In a system where rationality and ethics point in opposite directions, humanity is the main loser. Evil can do its dirty work, hoping that most people most of the time will refrain from doing rash, reckless things -- and resisting evil is rash and reckless. Evil needs neither enthusiastic followers nor an applauding audience -- the instinct of self-preservation will do, encouraged by the comforting thought that it is not my turn yet, thank God: by lying low, I can still escape." --Zygmunt Bauman

"The guerrilla has the initiative; it is he who begins the war, and he who decides when and where to strike. His military opponent must wait, and while waiting, he must be on guard everywhere." --Robert Taber

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